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Security Alert:Godaddy Domain Account Upgrade Confirmation Email

I received an email today with a subject of “GoDaddy Domain Account Upgrade Confirmation“, see the captured email looks like. I am not aware of GoDaddy’s upgrade confirmation so I checked the link provided to the email. The link behind “Click here Upgrade account” and call to action image “Go to My Account” are linked to an IP Address115.47.19.5:3389. I checked the IP Address owner, it is assigned in China. I don’t know about you, but GoDaddy is based in USA. The 3389 after the colon, is a port number use for remote access. Actually, this is the default port number for most Windows Remote Server or Terminal Server. Here’s the IP Address ( Owner information: inetnum: –
netname:        XRNET
descr:          Beijing XiRang Media Cultural Co., Ltd.
descr:          Build A6-1702,Fenghuahaojing,No.6 Guanganmennei Road
descr:          Xuanwu, Beijing, China, 100053
country:        CN
admin-c:        DL762-AP
tech-c:         DL762-AP
mnt-by:       …

Batch File for automation.

The batch file e.g. login.bat to automate the network drives assignment still working in the modern version of Windows Server 2008 or DataCenter. Just to remind me of this simple batch file, here's a simple code. I know you can get something similar if you search the Internet.

== This batch file will set up drive mappings for most user accounts. 

echo H:\\KINGdotNET\HR
echo J:\\KINGdotNET\Accounting
echo N:\\KINGdotNET\Contracts
echo O:\\KINGdotNET\Operations
echo P:\\KINGdotNET\Proposal
echo S:\\KINGdotNET\Shared Data
echo U:\\KINGdotNET\data\users\%username%

ECHO Now setting the drive mappings for username: %username%

echo on
net use H:"\\KINGdotNET\HR" /persistent:YES
net use J:"\\KINGdotNET\Accounting" /persistent:YES
net use N:"\\KINGdotNET\Contracts" /persistent:YES
net use O:"\\KINGdotNET\Operations" /persistent:YES
net use P:"\\KINGdotNET\Proposal" /persistent:YES
net use S:"\\KINGdotNET\Shared Data" /persistent:YES

How to configure an authoritative time server in Windows Server

Sometimes you forget to update your Windows Server authoritative time server settings. That's a nice way to say that you don't remember the settings. Thanks to Microsoft for providing this fix it program. All you have to do is download, and install.

And if you want to fix it yourself manually. Here's the step by step procedures, excerpt from Microsoft website (kb/816042).

To configure an internal time server to synchronize with an external time source, follow these steps:
Change the server type to NTP. To do this, follow these steps:Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.Locate and then click the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters\Type In the pane on the right, right-click Type, and then click Modify.In Edit Value, type NTP in the Value data box, and then click OK.Set AnnounceFlags to 5. To do this, follow these steps:Locate and then click the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Cu…

2012 Fiscal Cliff

The TAX information is too complicated, thanks to Washington Post to simplify this for us. Use this tool (Fiscal Cliff Calculator), based on data from the Tax Policy Center, to estimate how your family would be affected by the Democratic and Republican plans for dealing with scheduled tax hikes — and what would happen if no deal is reached. The math is complicated: The expiration of all or part of the Bush-era tax cuts could have the biggest impact on most families, but the end of the temporary payroll tax and new taxes related to the health-care overhaul mean that most families would see their tax burden increase under any scenario. (2012, Washington Post)